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Serve and Project

Big on features and small in size, the latest portable projectors are at every mobile warrior's beck and call.

This story appears in the February 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

When you need to be heard, you project your voice. Same with images. When you need to be seen, you turn to a projector. When you need to be seen no matter where you go, you turn to a portable projector. Every projector in our chart comes in under 7 pounds, with most under 3. You can shuffle one of these from room to room, around the office or take it on the red-eye to New York for a sales presentation.

There are two main types of projectors: digital light processing (DLP) and liquid-crystal display (LCD). Weight seems to be the determining factor. Just about all sub-3-pound projectors use DLP. Two of the heaviest projectors in our chart, the Epson PowerLite 30c and Sony VPL-CS5, weigh about 6 pounds and use LCD innards. LCDs tend to have richer colors than DLPs. Your best bet is to visit a local retailer and ask to see them in action side by side.

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